Pop stars generally stay away from controversial issues and politics. But late last night, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kelly Clarkson[/lastfm] chose to speak up about Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. Her fans had strong reactions to her stance.
Late last night, Kelly posted to her Facebook: “I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
The post got a fast reaction from her fans. Over 3,000 liked the post, but hundreds of comments posted by her own fans attacked Kelly.
Kelly posted an hour later, “I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.”
The number of comments and likes doubled, prompting Kelly to post once more a few minutes later…
“Man my eyes have been opened to so much hate tonight. If y’all ever disagree with something I say please don’t feel the need to attack me. I will listen to what you say and any articles or viewpoints you have when you say it with respect. Being hateful is not a healthy way to get people to see or hear you. I was raised to respect people and their decisions and beliefs and I hope you will grant me the same decency. If you don’t agree with me simply unfollow me. It’s really that easy. I hope you don’t because I would love the chance to hear what you have to say but if you’re so blinded by hate you can’t seek peace and progress then that is your unfortunate prerogative.”
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